House cleaning is one of those things that we have to do whether we want to or not. Now, there are those, out there, who actually enjoy cleaning house regardless of what it is. However, the majority of us would rather spend time on other things – like hobbies and family – rather than cleaning. For those of us in the second group, there is hope. Domestic cleaning services are available to everyday people now, not just those that have spare money to throw around. Many companies offer introductory rates and deals, and many of them offer great rates for regular service.

House cleaning companies offer many different packages, packages to fit any lifestyle. Weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly, annual, and special occasions are just a few of the different reasons why people hire outside help. Say you are one of those moms who are running three kids from soccer practice to football practice to cheerleading tryouts, and there is just not enough time to vacuum your own living room. Weekly or bi-weekly domestic cleaning service would likely fit your lifestyle. On the other hand, you are planning a big party in your home, and there just isn't enough time to give your house that deep clean it deserves. In this case a onetime special occasion cleaning would come in handy.

Now that we have covered the basics of professional house cleaning, let's talk about what you should know about these companies prior to hiring one.

· First things first, you want to go with a company that is reputable. We all know the national brand names, but there are local companies that provide quality services for the same, or better, prices. Don't be afraid to look into them. Research your favorite companies – complaints and reviews – to determine who is best suited for you.

· Secondly, make sure the company of your choice is bonded and insured. This guarantees you from having to deal with any damage to your home or liability for someone getting injured while at your property.

· Finally, you need to know the specifics of what their cleaning services offer. Some include vacuuming whereas others do not. You, obviously, want to make sure you are getting what you need.

Having said all this, take your time looking at contracts and pricing. Each household cleaners company offers different discounts / deals for different types of packages. Knowing what type of cleaning package you want / need will help you get a jump start on this step. Say you know you need quarterly deep cleaning and nothing more. Check this specific package rate with each company; additionally, check to see what each company does for this type of cleaning. Same goes with weekly and bi-weekly services. With these you will likely need more day-to-day chores done, make sure that the chores that you need covered are actually covered in said companies cleaning package.

Now that you are armed with the right information, you can start looking for the right house cleaning professional that fits your lifestyle and budget. There are hundreds of companies out there, take your time to get to know each of them. What works for your neighbor may not work for you.